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What does it mean to get my ‘wastewater operator certification’?

Now that you know a little bit about what it is that a wastewater operator does, it is time to learn about the process of becoming licensed. Being certified with the state means that you know all of the rules and regulations that apply to the job. It also means that you’ll know exactly what to do when something goes wrong. Licensed operators are highly valuable employees who help their organization meet state requirements.

What is wastewater operator certification?

The road to becoming licensed begins with taking a certified course. In order to qualify for the license, you need at least 20 TCH hours learning about wastewater operator duties and requirements. Taking a state certified course will prepare you to pass the state licensing exam, a requirement for the job. Practical Applications offers a course that counts for 24 TCH hours, head to our Wastewater Operator Training Page for more information.

Who is eligible to get their wastewater operator license?

In order to get a Grade 2 Operators license (Full status) – one needs to have passed a Grade 2 examination and possess at least three years of experience at a level of responsibility comparable to that of a Class 1 plant or higher. Education may be substituted for not more than two years of experience. There are seven grades of wastewater treatment operator licenses in Massachusetts, I through VII. Day-to-day operators that are responsible for running waste systems have a grade I or a grade II license. Supervisors and managers have a higher grade certification (III through VI).

When can I register for a class?

You can register for a class anytime by going to our Wastewater Operator Training page.  Training classes are held at our state of the art classroom in Woburn, MA.

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